Fall Comes Early to Apple Trees

September 11, 2018

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
Abundant and consistent rainfall has been wreacking havoc with apple trees. Leaf fungi spores “run wild” and spread prolifically under moist conditions. Frog-eye leaf-spot (Botryosphaeria obtusa) has been seen on several members’ apple trees already leading to early leaf-drop. This fungus was confirmed by the Hudson Valley Lab in Highland, Ulster County. It can be identified by the “frog-eye” spot. 

“Frog-eye” seen in leaf

May the forest be with you,

 

Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association